Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Some days it may feel like it's the last thing you have time to do, but did you know this simple task can actually add some power into your morning routine?! When you dedicate an extra minute or two each morning to fluff your covers and prop up your pillows, the reward is far greater than the effort required. And here's why:
It sets the tone for the rest of the day.
In a viral commencement speech later turned book, Admiral William McRaven told the University of Texas at Austin's class of 2014 that the simplicity of straightening the covers and rearranging the pillows gives you a "sense of accomplishment." "The idea of making the bed is the same sense of discipline," he says. "It's the same sense that you're going to get up and do something, but it's an easy task to undertake ... It's about making your bed right and walking away and going ... 'I'm proud of this little task I did.' And that is really what I think sets the tone for the rest of the day."
It could help you adopt better everyday habits.
Tidying your bed each morning can be a "keystone habit" that can cause a domino effect of other smart choices and positive practices throughout the day. Writer Charles Duhigg explains in his bestselling book, The Power of Habit: "Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget," Duhigg writes. "It's not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold."
It instantly polishes your room.
You bought that frilly duvet cover and fancy throw pillow for a reason, right? Get them off the floor and enjoy them! A 2009 study found a direct link between clutter and stress: married women who considered their living spaces as "cluttered" also had higher cortisol levels than married women who described their homes as "restful" and "restorative." The women who found their homes to be more "restorative" also described decreased depression, while the women who reported cluttered spaces also reported feeling depressed throughout the day.
Truth be told, I haven't always been a morning bed maker, and some mornings it's left in a crumpled pile. But what I have noticed for many years is the feeling I get when my bed is made in the morning versus not. I simply feel like my day starts better when I make the bed not to mention crawling into the crisp feeling of a made bed at the end of your day is always the icing on the cake!
Do you make your bed every morning? If so, how does it make you feel? If this is new to you, I challenge you to give it a try for one week, notice any changes you may feel. I bet, this simple 1-2 minute habit will began to add joy to your morning routine. Try it out!